Monday, July 30, 2018
7:00am – 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:10am Introduction, R. Jeffrey Chang, MD
8:10am – 8:35am Impact of Stress, Counseling, Acupuncture, Smoking, Alcohol, Caffeine, Exercise, Nutrition, Sexual Function, Supplements – Lifestyle Factors Should be Corrected 3-6 Months Before IVF, David R. Meldrum, MD
8:35am – 8:55am Simulation Strategies for the Poor Responder, William B. Schoolcraft, MD
FOCUS SESSION: Alternatives to Full Stimulation and Fresh Transfer
8:55am – 9:15am Ovarian Stimulation Impairs the Implantation of Slowly Developing Embryos, Which is Not Apparent on Day 3 Assessment and is Further Compromised by Increased Serum Progesterone, Richard T. Scott, Jr., MD, HCLD
9:15am – 9:30am Panel – Questions and Answers, William B. Schoolcraft, MD and Richard T. Scott, Jr., MD, HCLD, Moderator: David R. Meldrum, MD
9:30am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 10:15am Natural and Modified Natural Cycles – What is the Evidence that Gonadotropin Stimulation is Bad for Eggs? Richard J. Paulson, MD
10:15am – 10:30am With Vitrification and Deferred Transfer, Is Clomiphene Citrate the New “Natural” Cycle? Bill Yee, MD
10:30am – 10:45am Clomiphene Citrate/Gonadotropins, Antoni J. Duleba, MD
10:45am – 11:15am Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Ovarian Hyperstimulation – Agonist Trigger with “Freeze All” is the Best Prevention, Antonio Pellicer, MD
11:15am – 11:40am Deferred Transfer Results in Increased Implantation and Reduced Perinatal Complications, Antoni J. Duleba, MD
11:40am – 12:10pm Adjuncts to Stimulation – Agonists, OC, Estrogen, LH, Low Dose Aspirin, Growth Hormone, Testosterone, Letrozole, DHEA, Dexamethasone, David R. Meldrum, MD
12:10pm – 12:30pm Panel – Questions and Answers: The Future of Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH), Richard J. Paulson, MD, Bill Yee, MD, Antoni J. Duleba, MD, and Antonio Pellicer, MD, Moderator: David R. Meldrum, MD
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:00pm Transvaginal Follicle Aspiration – Making Difficult Retrievals Easier and Minimizing Risks, David R. Meldrum, MD
2:00pm – 2:10pm Questions and Answers
2:10pm – 2:50pm Medical and Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis Before IVF:  Help or Harm? Dominique de Ziegler, MD
2:50pm – 3:00pm Questions and Answers
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 4:00pm Fertility Preservation for the Woman with Cancer, H. Irene Su, MD, MSCE
4:00pm – 4:10pm Questions and Answers
4:10pm – 4:30pm Medical Conditions and IVF – Obesity, Thyroid, Depression, Hypertension, Daniel A. Dumesic, MD
4:30pm – 5:00pm Uterine Defects and Implantation, Antonio Pellicer, MD
5:00pm – 5:15pm Questions and Answers
5:15pm Adjourn for the Day
5:30pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:00am – 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:20am Awakening Oocytes in Women with Premature Ovarian Failure, Antonio Pellicer, MD
8:20am – 8:30am Questions and Answers
8:30am – 8:50am Factors Influencing the Choice of Cleavage or Extended Culture, Jason E. Swain, PhD, HCLD
8:50am – 9:00am Questions and Answers
9:00am – 9:20am Mitochondria are a Source of Energy in Cumuli, Oocytes, and Embryos: The Effects of Aging, Robert Casper, MD
9:20am – 9:30am Questions and Answers
9:30am – 9:50am Single Embryo Transfer – The Ultimate Goal to Optimize IVF Outcomes, V. Gabriel Garzo, MD
9:50am – 10:00am Questions and Answers
10:00am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:00am Genetic Evaluation of the Infertile Couple: From Pre-Conception to Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), Mandy Katz-Jaffe, PhD
11:00am – 11:10am Questions and Answers
11:10am – 11:40am Maternal Immunogenetics Influences IVF and Oocyte Donation Live Birth Rates, Diana Alecsandru, MD, PhD
11:40am – 11:50am Questions and Answers
11:50am – 12:30pm 40th Anniversary of IVF Keynote Lecture: Gene Editing of Embryos and Stem Cells as a Source of Sperm and Oocytes – What Will the Next 40 Years Bring to ART? Shoukhrat Mitalipov, PhD
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 1:50pm Male Evaluation and the Role of Genetic and DNA Fragmentation Testing, Peter N. Schlegel, MD
1:50pm – 2:00pm Questions and Answers
2:00pm – 2:20pm Sperm Retrieval – Preparation, Technique, Fresh or Frozen, and When Should Attempting Retrieval be Deemed Futile? Peter N. Schlegel, MD
2:20pm – 2:30pm Questions and Answers
2:30pm – 2:50pm The Role of the Sperm in Achieving the Best Embryos In Vitro, Denny Sakkas, PhD
2:50pm – 3:00pm Questions and Answers
3:00pm – 3:20pm The Difficult ICSI Cases – Cryptozospermia, Immotile Sperm, and Where ICSI Has Previously Failed, Gianpiero Palermo, MD, PhD
3:20pm – 3:25pm Questions and Answers
3:25pm – 3:30pm 40th Anniversary of IVF Award – The Person Who Reported the First Successful ICSI, Gianpiero Palermo, MD, PhD
3:30pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 4:20pm Mosaicism - Incidence, Causes, Implications and Potential Outcomes with Transfer, Mandy Katz-Jaffe, PhD
4:20pm – 4:30pm Questions and Answers
DEBATE: PGS – Indispensable or Too Inaccurate for Clinical Use?
4:30pm – 4:50pm Sampling Error is Too Great to Avoid Diagnostic Errors and Discarding Embryos Capable of Normal Development, Richard J. Paulson, MD
4:50pm – 5:00pm PGS Errors are Sufficiently Infrequent to be Insignificant Compared to the Alternative of Multiple Failed Transfers, Unnecessary Fetal Losses, Delayed Success and Treatment Drop-Outs, Richard T. Scott, Jr., MD, HCLD
5:00pm – 5:20pm Time Lapse is Helpful for Day 3 Transfers but May Not Predict Blastocyst Normality and Competence, Catherine Racowsky, PhD, HCLD
5:20pm – 5:30pm Questions and Answers
5:30pm Adjourn for the Day
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:30am What Should Our Patients be Told about Adverse Pregnancy and Fetal Outcomes with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)? Joseph C. Gambone, DO, MPH
8:30am – 8:40am Questions and Answers
8:40am – 9:10am The Endometrium and IVF – Morphologic and Histopathologic Changes Preventing Ongoing Pregnancy, Dominique de Ziegler, MD
9:10am – 9:20am Questions and Answers
9:20am – 9:50am Transfer Technique – The Precision of Ultrasound-Guided Transfer is Crucial for SET, William B. Schoolcraft, MD
9:50am – 10:00am Questions and Answers
10:00am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 10:50am Optimizing Hormone Replacement and Timing for Oocyte Donation and Deferred Transfer, Robert Casper, MD
10:50am – 11:00am Questions and Answers
11:00am – 11:20am The Barker Hypothesis and Epigenetics – Optimizing the Health of our IVF Offspring, Daniel A. Dumesic, MD
11:20am – 11:30am Questions and Answers
11:30am – 11:50am Are Immune and Thrombophilia Tests Useful Prior to IVF?  When and for Whom Should These Tests be Offered? Diana Alecsandru, MD, PhD
11:50am – 12:00pm Questions and Answers
12:00pm – 12:20pm Panel – Summary and Last Chance for Questions Regarding All Sessions, Joseph C. Gambone, DO, MPH, Dominique de Ziegler, MD, William B. Schoolcraft, MD, Robert Casper, MD, Daniel A. Dumesic, MD, and Diana Alecsandru, MD, PhD
Moderator: David R. Meldrum, MD
12:20pm Final Adjournment
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch (IVF MIni-Symposium participants only)
Mini-Symposium on the IVF Laboratory
1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Optional. Separate fee required.
1:00pm – 1:30pm Piezo ICSI – A Better Approach? Tetsunori Mukaida, PhD
1:30pm – 2:00pm Spindle Transfer for Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy – Is it Safe? Jacques Cohen, PhD
2:00pm – 2:30pm Factors That Can Conspire to Reduce Embryo Viability After Vitrification/Warming: Why is There a Percentage of Embryos That Fail to Survive or Implant? Zsolt Peter Nagy, MD, PhD
2:30pm – 3:00pm Electronic Lab Witnessing, Rebecca Holmes PhD, HCLD
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 4:00pm Artificial Intelligence and Automation in the IVF Lab? Charles L. Bormann, PhD, HCLD
4:00pm – 4:30pm Can the Lab Really Influence Aneuploidy? Jason E. Swain, PhD, HCLD
4:30pm – 5:00pm Non-Invasive Assessment of Embryo Viability-Cell Free DNA, Metabolomics and More, Denny Sakkas, PhD
5:00pm Final Adjournment

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